Posted by tac_admin, October 9, 2012

Apply These Practices to Promote Excellent Requirements

  • Clearly understand the vision for the end product
  • The project team as a whole should have a shared understanding of the project scope
  • Involve stakeholders throughout the requirements process
  • Represent and discover requirements using multiple models – use cases, process flow diagrams, activity diagrams, etc.
  • Document complete requirements clearly and consistently
  • Continually validate the requirements are the correct ones to focus on (this can change as you progress through the requirements process)
  • Verify the quality of the requirements early and frequently
  • Prioritize the requirements (must have, nice to have, optional)
  • Remove unnecessary requirements (make sure you don’t “delete” them, you may find that you later need a requirement that was removed earlier)

8 responses to “Apply These Practices to Promote Excellent Requirements”

  1. Chika says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Great points. The last point seems contradictory. It says remove unnecessary requirements, yet you say don’t delete them. Can you clarify this please?

    Thanks.

    • Teresa Bennett says:

      Hi Chika – I’ll be glad to explain. As an example, if your requirements are in a Word document, I would suggest using the strike through feature in word. You are showing it is no longer a valid requirement, but you still have record of it. If you are using a spreadsheet format for requirements, create a tab in the spreadsheet labeled Removed Requirements and move them to that tab. The point is, whatever format you are using, make sure you keep a copy of removed requirements so that you can refer back to them if the subject comes up again.

  2. Dawn says:

    That’s a good practice that I use a lot – so often you come back to something and ask yourself “why did we decide not to do that” – so I also include (hidden) comments explaining why we took things out

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